In her works, Clara Hali explores the sculptural possibilities of the human form. Inspired by the Cubist ideal of combining figurative and abstract planes, Clara’s sculptures explore the bold characteristics of both female and male figures. Through the precarious rock formations characteristic of the Blue Mountains, she captures the vulnerability of human nature through her journey with the human form. The sculptures use landscape metaphors to explore how life’s experiences can shape and impact us, capturing humanity’s strengths and weaknesses. A continuation of Clara’s exploration of the human form, her most recent bronze sculpture shows a figure practicing yoga, reflecting our search for balance and spirituality in our busy lives. Clara’s work shows that, after a thorough inquisition of western figurative art and extensive travels experiencing different cultures, it is what lies close to home that has the deepest resonance.
Clara studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney and later some engineering and ornamental ironwork at the Sydney Institute of Technology. Clara Hali has been a lecturer at the National Art School since 1988 and completed her Masters of Fine Art there in 2007. She has exhibited extensively and her work is represented in the collections including Macquarie University (Sydney), University of Sydney, Compaq Computers and Brambles Australia.